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How to Watch the Super Snow Moon, the Biggest Supermoon of 2019

18 February 2019, 03:27 | Edward Lowe

Skygazers will be treated to the "super snow moon", on february 19, the largest supermoon of 2019.

A supermoon occurs when the moon's orbit is closest (perigee) to the Earth at the same time it is full, according to NASA.

The Old Farmer's Almanac notes that the Wishram people of the Pacific Northwest referred to the Snow Moon as "Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon", and that the Cherokee people of the Southeast referred to it as the "Bone Moon".

"The term "supermoon" was coined in 1979 and is often used today to describe what astronomers would call a perigean full moon: a full moon occurring near or at the time when the Moon is at its closest point in its orbit around Earth", said NASA on its website.

STARGAZERS will get a close-up look at Earth's natural satellite this week thanks to the brightest supermoon event of the year.

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Ireland will play witness to a super snow moon, which is slated to be the brightest moon of 2019.

The third and final supermoon of the year will take place on March 20, 2019 (but, again, it won't be as big as the February one).

Another Supermoon is expected on March 21, but will not be as large or bright as this one.

As the moon orbits in an ellipse its closest point - the perigee - will come very close to earth.

The super blue blood moon was covered by cloud for many Kiwis.

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February 19 will see the second lunar spectacle in a supermoon trilogy.

The term "snow moon" is the historic name given to the second full moon of winter by certain Native American tribes in the US, according to NASA. On average, the moon is about 240,000 miles from Earth; the greatest distance the moon gets from Earth - what's known as lunar apogee - is about 253,000 miles.

This month, the moon will be closest to Earth at 4:07 a.m. EST Feb. 19.

It'll appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual. Due to an optical illusion, the moon appears larger to us the closer it is to the horizon.

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